The Dharavi police have landed in trouble and invited the ire of state human rights commission for allegedly exerting pressure on a local to settle a dispute with an aide of dreaded underworld don Dawood Ibrahim.
Who is the local and what happened?
As per the case, two constables and a senior officer, accompanied by two men identified as Zaheer and Riyaz, who claimed to have connection with the don, dragged the victim, Rais Khan, to the local police station on September 29, 2011, midnight. At the police station, he was allegedly tortured and threatened that he would be implicated in a murder case if he refused to settle the issue with the two men.
What does the commission want?
Taking a serious view of Khan's complaint, the commission has directed the home department, the director general of police and other senior officers — the commissioner of police and the superintendent of police — to issue strict guidelines to local police stations to follow the recommendations of the National Human Rights Commission when dealing with civilians.
It has also slammed senior officers for accepting the reports of subordinate officers in such cases without investigating the matter independently.
What did the police say?
The police admitted that Khan was questioned based on the complaint by Zaheer and Riyaz, but he was let off after being found uninvolved in the case. However, the police denied having detained or tortured him and, instead, claimed that he himself came to the police station.
What has the commission said?
"Why would a person himself go to police station when it is clear he has nothing to do with the dispute? It is to be noted that the behaviour of the police in dealing with the public has improved but on many occasions, like this one, it's still a grey area. The deputy commissioner has blindly accepted the report of the SHO and the accused constable," said justice SR Bannurmath, chairperson of the commission, while awarding a compensation of Rs10,000 to Khan.